Information for

Mennonite Studies

Painting of Mennonites.

Mennonites in Canada and around the world represent a fascinating diversity of religious expression and cultural practice. Exploring the past and present lives and thought of Mennonites, in all their variety, allows a glimpse into the place of ethnic and religious minorities in our society. Increase your knowledge of Mennonite history, theology, and culture through a plan of study at Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo.

Mennonite Studies is an interdisciplinary program of study which may be taken in conjunction with many existing programs in Faculty of Arts and other faculties.  This program is designed to provide an overview of Anabaptist-Mennonite history, culture, thought and practice from the early 16th century to the present.

Current academic plans:

Mennonite Studies Minor

Students enrolled in any degree program may pursue a minor designation in Mennonite Studies.

The Mennonite Studies Minor requires successful completion of a minimum of four academic course units (eight courses) with a minimum cumulative average of 65%, including:


  1. A student may petition to Mennonite Studies to substitute one of the optional courses with an alternate course in which the student has done substantial coursework on Mennonites.
  2. With consent from the Mennonite Studies director and the faculty  member supervising the directed study, a student may substitute one of the optional courses with a directed study.

List of courses:

Follow the course number links to see the course descriptions in the UW Undergraduate Studies Academic Calendar.

See the Schedule of Classes for course offerings by term and for meeting days/times.

  • ARTS 125 - Who Are the Mennonites?
  • HIST 247 - Mennonite History: A Survey (on-campus and on-line)
  • HIST 348/RS 344 - The Radical Reformation
  • SOC 275  - Mennonites as a Sociological Community
  • CMW 363/MUSIC 363/RS 357 - Christian Hymnody
  • CMW 364/MUSIC 364/RS 358 - Worship and Music
  • ENGL 218 - Mennonite Literature
  • HIST 235/RS 240 - History of Christianity
  • HIST 379/RS 343 - Reformation History
  • PACS 201 - Roots of Conflict, Violence, and Peace
  • PACS 203/HIST 232 - A History of Peace Movements
  • RS 152 - An Introduction to Theology
  • RS 235 - Jesus: Life and Legacy
  • RS 236 - Paul: Life and Letters
  • RS 250 - History of Christian Thought
  • RS 256/PACS 320 - Christian Approaches to Peacemaking
  • RS 353/PACS 330 - War and Peace in Christian Theology

Mennonites at an auction.

Further information

Contact Marlene Epp, Director of Mennonite Studies:

View scholarships and awards available in the Mennonite Studies program.

See the research resources in Mennonite Studies provided by the Library and Archives.

Learn more about the Mennonites from the Institute of Anabaptist and Mennonite Studies web page.